Woman's stolen car is found with $2,100 storage fee

A woman's car was stolen in Ecorse and found a week later in Detroit - but she says nobody told her.

Now after four months, she has a $2,100 storage fee - one that she says police should help pay.

"It was a vehicle I always wanted," said Tina Whitehead. "I worked hard and was finally able to get it."

But last fall Whitehead let a friend borrow her Chrysler 300 and she never got it back.

She said she contacted Ecorse police.

"They assured me that no matter where it was found they would contact me," she said.

As weeks turned into months and still no car, Whitehead says she was forced to buy another car out of necessity.

Still hoping to find her dream car she stayed persistent and learned the car was recovered in Detroit last September - a few days after it went missing. 

"Detroit recovery notified Ecorse police that the vehicle was recovered and they were suppose to notify me, but never did," she said. 

Whitehead says she took confirmation paperwork and a case number to Ecorse police to prove Detroit Recovery contacted them. 

"I did try to give Ecorse PD the number and they did not want to take it and denied all responsibility," she said.

Ecorse Sgt. Cornelius Herring said his department is still waiting on more information on the matter.

"At this point can't say we are responsible for anything," Herring said. "It is still entered in our system as a stolen vehicle. We're waiting for a message from Detroit police to state otherwise. 

But in a statement to Fox 2, officials from Detroit Police Department Officials said: 

"The Detroit Police Department followed its current procedures in notifying the Ecorse Police Department of the recovery of this vehicle.  It is their duty to notify their complaint that the vehicle was ready for pickup at a Detroit tow yard."

FOX 2:  "But even if (Whitehead)  is providing information to help facilitate this case why wouldn't you honor that?"

"That's what we're trying to do now," Herring said. "We're trying to make sure this is indeed what happened."

Whitehead's car has been sitting at the towing company's yard, rolling up a bill of over $2,000.

"I don't feel that should have to pay for storage fees for four months when I just recently found out," she said.

Whitehead believes Ecorse police department should help pay.

"At this point in time we can't say we are responsible for anything," Herring said.

After this interview, FOX 2 called Ecorse police to check on the status of Whitehead's vehicle.  A spokesperson said they received confirmation from Detroit this afternoon and Whitehead was free to pick up her vehicle.

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